Yoga Ed. Classes…
Reduce Stress & Anxiety
By reducing perceived stress and modulating stress response systems, yoga helps the mind deal with stress more effectively and lessens its toll on the body (Gard et al., 2012).
Increase Focus & Concentration
A 2014 study found that Yoga Ed. programs develop concentration and attention in school settings, consistent with previous findings on the benefits of yoga with attention problems (Chen et al., 2014).
Develop Emotional Intelligence
By increasing self-awareness and self-regulation, yoga improves children’s ability to understand and control emotional reactions. Students who voluntarily regulate their emotions show greater prefrontal cortex activation, better modulation of activity in the amygdala, and lower levels of cortisol in the body (Davidson, 2008).
Improve Academic Outcomes
Exercise boosts levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a compound essential to growing and maintaining brain cells. Present in the hippocampus, BDNF is directly related to memory and learning (Jensen, 2005).
When we feel good socially, our brain’s reward system is activated and stimulates working memory, a precursor for learning (Lieberman, 2013). A study examining the effect of belonging on students’ academic performance found that increases in these feelings led to an enduring improvement in GPA (Walton & Cohen, 2011).
Perfect for use in the classroom, after school, in your car, or at home.
“I like relaxation at the end of class because it’s like taking a nap but better!”
– Ryder, age 8
Yoga relaxation gives children the opportunity to unwind, release tension, and reconnect with what’s going on inside.
“Through yoga, I’ve learned to use my breath and how I can use it to calm myself down.”
– Bianca, age 10
Yoga teaches children to let thoughts, feelings, and sensations come and go. Through yoga, students learn how to respond reflectively rather than reactively to life’s challenges.
“Yoga allows me to take a break from what I am doing. I found myself more motivated to continue the rest of my tasks for the day.”
– Alyssa, age 16
In addition to undergoing dramatic physical and psychological changes, teenagers face enormous pressures to fit in with their friends and perform in school. Yoga can help teens let go of toxic stress, while finding the inner balance to navigate their daily lives.